The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) seeks an accomplished and dynamic individual to lead our research enterprise as the Vice Chancellor for Research (VCR). The individual will have a demonstrated track record advancing diversity, equity and inclusion and exemplify our PRIDE values. The next VCR will join the campus at a pivotal moment and will work with campus leadership and faculty to advance a broad research vision for the entire campus that encourages and facilitates discovery, innovation, entrepreneurship, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Additionally, this individual will help enhance campus partnerships with other leading universities, national laboratories, government and community agencies, and industry to strengthen the campus research agenda and its national and international prominence and bolster philanthropic support. The VCR will also oversee operations, policies and procedures impacting research and convene multiple stakeholders within and outside UCSF.
The VCR role will include a significant policy and strategy component. The VCR will bring a strong understanding of the national funding landscape including federal, foundation, and industry support, as well as broad knowledge of research policy and compliance, including current opportunities and challenges. Specifically, the VCR will work closely with the Vice Chancellor-Science Policy and Strategy, (VC- SPS), Vice Chancellor-Community and Government Relations (VC-CGR) and the University of California Washington Center (UCDC) to keep abreast of science policy-related issues and developments in both Washington DC and Sacramento, with a view to develop and convey implications to the UCSF research community.
Critical success factors for this role include the following: ability to work effectively in a large, matrixed and federated organization, to proactively build and sustain relationships, to maintain a service-focused outlook, and to be able to shift priorities as needed to respond to external and internal pressures. The successful candidate will be adept at management, an effective communicator with both internal and external stakeholders, understand research operations, understand, and assess key trends in research at the national and state level, and have deep research experience themselves. The VCR will lead through influence, be able to demonstrate strong creative and strategic thinking, and be highly effective at convening colleagues to address pressing research opportunities and challenges.
Job responsibilities include: setting goals and plans for the research enterprise aligned with campus and UCSF Health, leveraging current research trends and opportunities, working collaboratively with all key stakeholders, overseeing all research and administrative functions within the Office of Research, and representing UCSF research at the system-wide and national levels. Importantly, the VCR needs to be a highly inclusive leader, approachable by and respected by all research faculty and staff.
Context This position reports directly to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (EVCP). The EVCP and Chancellor offices work closely together to set campus-wide priorities, strategy, and direction. The EVCP has oversight over academic policies (Academics and Faculty Affairs, Library, and learning), students (Student Academic Affairs, International Students and Scholars), the research enterprise (Research policy, strategy, and infrastructure), Industry Partnerships (Innovation, Technology, Alliances, the Entrepreneurship Center), and the Graduate Division.
Additionally, the VCR must interact regularly with multiple key research stakeholders--both internal and external to UCSF, including:
Deans of Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and the Graduate Division
Vice Deans for Research in all professional schools
Vice Chancellor, Innovation Ventures
Vice Provost for Research at the UC Office of the President
Vice Chancellor for Science Policy and Strategy (VC-SPS)
UCSF Health leadership
Leaders of Departments, ORUs and Institutes
Vice Chancellors for Research at other UC campuses
Office of Community and Government Relations
Leads/contacts at relevant external regulatory and funding agencies
Examples of near-term priorities that this role will be expected to address include:
Continuing essential efforts in progress, such as working with EVCP and key stakeholders on Parnassus revitalization research programming
Overseeing COVID-19 research and multiple research-related task forces and working groups
Interacting with and understanding the needs of the basic science community
Working with the AVC-Clinical and Translational research, Office of Research leadership team, UCSF Health and School of Medicine to enhance and improve clinical trials infrastructure and operations.
Longer term goals that the role will be expected to address include:
Working with stakeholders across UCSF, establish UCSF as a partner of choice for clinical trials
With EVCP, contribute to the development of a comprehensive, fair and transparent mechanism for managing all research space
Working with the UC Office of the President, other UC campus VCRs, and VC for Innovation Ventures, ensure UC is well positioned for strategic partnerships and collaborations with government and industry
Identify key priorities for science policy advocacy, maintaining and building relationships with relevant agencies at the state and national level, working with UCDC and Community and Government relations.
The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and high-quality patient care. It is the only UC campus in the 10-campus system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.